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dozens of pro-russia activists, many in a clash. today the city held visuals to commemorate the dead. at this hour ukraine inches closer to civil war. the military is stepping up its offensive. the conflict is spreading to other parts of the country. paul brennan has the latest from the eastern city of konstantinovka. >> reporter: burning cars and dabry were evidence of what looked like a day of fighting between ukranian soldiers and pro-russian separatists. vehicles and tyres became barricades, set alike to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> there's a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and fighters. people who were going to work were insecured jurd. there were a lot of injured and dead. shooting at buildings. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs were at hand. it didn't stop the vaps of vehicles, nor did the angry chants of residents. check points are controlling traffic in and out. >> not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of o.s.c. observers made it through. on a road side north of donetsk they embraced freedom w
possibility of a civil war in ukraine and that borders russia. towns were overrun by armed separatists who believe those towns should be russians. this is happening not on the border but more than 150 miles into ukraine. it's after midnight in ukraine now. government leaders are promising that active military operations will continue when the sun comes up. dozens of civilians and separatists have been killed in the fighting so far and people who live in the region are being told to stay in their homes for safety. as i said a minute ago a team of military monitors from the osce was taken hostage more than a week ago but they are now free. they were held against their will by ukrainian separatists who are trying to take over their cities and their towns. on the phone with me now is michael bossercue. a spokesman for the organization of safety and cooperation in europe. thank you for joining us. the condition of your colleagues who were released today, were any of them hurt? >> hi don. thank you for asking. of course, we are delighted that they are free and they are fine. they are actually on
is looming. i am talking about eastern ukraine. a part of the country that borders russia. these ukrainian soldiers are rolling through one of several towns overrun by armed separatists who believe the towns should be russian. this is not right on the border, it is happening more than 150 miles into ukraine. dozens of people have been killed and people who live there are basically hiding out in their own homes. meanwhile, a team of international military observers that were held hostage more than a week by the pro-russian forces are now free. cnn's arwa damon is in eastern ukraine. >> reporter: that 12 member osce team finally freed, they had been taken hostage april 25th, accused by the self proclaimed mayor of being nato spies. on their release, he referred to them as guests. they appeared to be tired, but said they had been treated fairly well. the german foreign minister thanking the efforts of russian envoy and ensuring their release. the number two for the osce commission saying this is an example of how important negotiations are. but elsewhere throughout the country, we're seeing v
cares? >> i care.e >> if you think russia or china is quaking in their boots whenus they see this collection ofis ferris buellers running the country, the adults are on a carnival cruise and the house is being trashed, it's time to come home from the vacation in 2016. let the adults become in and clean house. >> leon panetta was not a child. a lot of these people were very senior and very good people and to blanketly indict the administration and call him names and say that's the whole administration is frankly bull. >> you know who cares?admi the people, whoever runs againso hillary clinton for president in 2016. you know why? >> it's pure politics! they used it! >> you can use benghazi as politics. >> if you're a electricity. >> the press helps you bury the tragedy and you can do that. >> just admit it's politics.n do i admit it was. >> so you're saying because we think it's bad, that's also politics? >> i'm saying with this special committee, select committee is pure politics.po i've said the other, it was politics. none of you are willing to say that? >> if it's under the
evidence of what looked like a day of heavy fighting between ukrainian soldiers and pro-russia separatists. vehicles and tires had become makeshift barricades set alight to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> there were a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and fighters. people were going to work were going to injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. they were shooting from the tanks at buildings for about half an hour. >> a stockpile of petro bombs was on hand to throw at any soles that kale fear. it didn't stop the advance of armored vehicles, nor did the chants of residents. checkpoints are controlling traffic in and out. not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of osce observers did make it through. on a roadside north of donetsk, they embraced freedom with an overpowering sense of relief. a cable choreographed handover bringing an end to the eight-day captivity of the osce observers. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness. deep relief. on the situation, it was really tough. the last two nights, as we
and requests from southern, from people requesting significance. russia says it needs russian language speakers all across ukraine if it feels tear interests are threatened. of course, russia has this is a risk of the ukrainian military. russia has tens of thousands of troops positioned in key areas on the other side of the border in western russia. at any moment, should they give them the moment to invade, they could do that. at the moment no such order has been given. the kremlin is saying they don't know what to do. they're trying to assess what their next move will be. there has been a conversation between john kerry and his counterparts here. he is calling on secretary of state kerry to do everything to do to stop that military infiltration in western ukraine. >> thanks very much. all right, back in this country hollywood has the oscars. tonight the washington correspondence dinner. plus, flight 370 will look different. what that will likely involve in this next phase next. [ hypnotist ] you are feeling satisfied . o a u.s. military tells the bluefin drone looking for flight 370 will be us
and angela merkel displayed a voice of unity against russia. >> you got 28 countries and some are more vulnerable than others to potential russian retaliation and we have to take those into account. not every country is going to be in exactly the same place. but what has been remarkable is the degree to which all countries agree that russian russian -- -- russia has violated international law, violated the territorial integrity of a country in europe and there has to be consequences for that. >> joining us. >> stockholm i stok owners joining us in stockholm, prime minister, these big clashes in odessa had killed and injured a series of people on friday, but now this fire has reportedly killed dozens in a building that may have been a base for pro-russian be forces. what he would do if ethnic russians suffer in ukraine. how concerned are you now about this? >> what i'm concerned by the continued escalation that we see, an escalation of the destabilization activities, first we saw them in the east, slovyansk people have been killed, a helicopter was shot down earlier today, a ukrainian o
. fredricka. >> nick paton-walsh, thanks so much. this violence comes a few weeks after ukraine and russia and western countries reached a peace deal. now russia says the deal is dead. the spokes man for vladimir putin said the military movement is the last nail in the coffin. matthew chance is joining us from moscow. matthew, it is hard to tell what putin is doing to use the violence to push the deal out the window. what is happening here? >> reporter: actually, within the past few minutes, a statement issued by the foreign ministry which lavrov, the foreign minister said, look, the geneva agreement is the best way of deescalating the situation in eastern ukraine. a phone conversation with kerry and lavrov. he called on the united states to use everything within its power to get the authorities to end the military operations in eastern ukraine. this comes after the terrible deaths that took place in odessa. nearly 40 people killed. pro-russian supporters in a government building inside and torched by a pro-kiev supporters. that is not gone down well. the kremlin condemned the action. the
. max im, good morning to you. odessa has been pro-russia, why are things coming to a head now? is this in response to conflicts elsewhere or have things always been this tense? >> what we see now is two hot spots in ukraine. eastern ukraine with an anti-terrorist operation that is being pursued in the east with an active battle going on on the outskirts of slovyansk. of course, top attention right now is on odessa, with that horrific day yesterday when we saw the deadly clashes. the death toll continues to climb, and right now we know of 46 dead. but a lot of injured people are still being treated in hospitals. >> max im, you mentioned the active battle happening in odessa and the conflicts. where is the conflict headed and what message does it send to other areas of ukraine. >> i think right now russia is trying actively to pursue the scenario to stablilize the situation in eastern ukraine. despite the public talks and statements from russian foreign minister or officials. what we have on the ground is that rush job operators are working there and the main goal is to get the
at the white house. the two leaders discussed sanctions against russia over the situation in ukraine and the future of relations between the u.s. and germany. this is 30 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. it is always a great pleasure to welcome my friend chancellor merkel to the white house. germany is one of our strongest allies and angela is one of my closest partners. with her indulgence, i want to start by making two brief comments. first, as president, my top priority is doing everything we can to create more jobs and opportunity for hard-working families for our economic strength as a source of strength in the world. this morning, we learned our businesses created 277,000 new jobs last month. all told, our business is now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job growth. the grit and determination of the american people are moving us forward but we have to keep a relentless focus on job creation and creating more opportunities for work and families. there is plenty more that congress should be doing from raising the minimum wage to creating good construc
the standoff between the country's military and pro-russia activists has taken an even more violent turn in recent weeks. the interior minister says it's offensive to drive out what it calls terrorists from slovyansk. on friday, at least nine people were killed, including the pilots of two helicopters shot down by pro-russia separatists. the violence has spread to the southern port city of odessa as well. you're seeing some of the images into us from there. activists who support the government in kiev slashed with pro-russia supporters. a fire at a trade union building, that's what you're looking at now, killed at least 31 people. and we have these new developments into cnn. a team of military observers from the organization for security and cooperation in europe, the osce, they've been held captive in eastern ukraine for more than a week. well, there are reports now that they have been freed. pro-russia separatists accuse them of being nato spies. senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is near slovyansk. he joins us on the phone now and can speak to us. nick, tell us, what'
who push the video. >> do you think russia or china is quaking in their boots when they see these ferris buler's running the administration? >> leon panetta was not a child. to blanketly indict an administration and call the names you want to call obama and say that's the whole administration is bull. >> do you know who cares -- whoever runs against hillary rodham clinton for president. you know why? >> it's pure politics. >> you can use benghazi politics. you can vary it. the press helps you to bury this tragedy and you can do that. >> just admit it's politics. i admit it's politics, did i not? >> so you are saying, because we think it's bad, that's also politics. >> i'm saying this selected committee is pure politics. none of you are willing to say that. >> if it's under the guise it's politics, you can do anything? you can cover up murders? >> condone it. >> you can cover up knowledge, hide the truth, and say it's the video when he we know it's terrorism. it's like those idiots hiding behind comedy. >> by the way, we knew all this two years ago, but they didn't want to be
today, the united nations security council held a meeting on russia's intervention in ukraine and the recent violence there. we heard remarks from u.s. ambassador samantha power but begin with comments from the israeli ambassador -- ambassador. this is about an hour and a half. >> it has to do with the punitive military operations with the use of terrorists from the co-fascist right sector as well as other national -- organizations against their own people in ukraine. the subunit of the ukrainian force is using tanks and other -- and other heavy artillery. striking protesters and entrenching fighters. misadventures are not quickly stopped than the cottage gothic context cannot be avoided. punitive measures against their own people, to carry out its obligations under the geneva ss to the inability or lack of desire to carry out its obligations under the geneva declaration for a swift halt of all violent and launching a broad, national dialogue with regis and political forces. if anyone is doubting, now today it is definitely clear that the begineclarations need to nationwide di
.s. economy, further threats by the west to increase sanctions against russia over ukraine, outrage in nigeria over the more than 200 girls abducted by extremists, brutal conditions for young boys at schools in senegal, a new push to end the widespread killing in south sudan, plus, shields and brooks on the week's news. >> woodruff: if you saw only the headlines that came out of today's jobs report, it looked very strong. the labor department reported employers added 288,000 jobs in april-- a good deal more than economists were expecting. and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, down from 6.7% in march, to a five and a half year low. but the picture is more complicated as our newshour economics correspondent, paul solman, reports, it's part of his ongoing reporting: "making sense of financial news". >> reporter: the jobs picture brightened last month. employers reporting they added jobs at the headiest pace in more than two years, and hiring picked up in a wide swath of sectors, led by professional and business services, retail and construction. what's more, 36,000 more jobs were added in febru
the russian border at a dangerous new level. russia warns of consequences. >> we are right in the city and they don't even know how to find us. >> the brazen group, behind the attacks and kidnapping of african schoolchildren. >>> lethal respiratory virus spreading through the middle east. >> the egyptian wonders of the world. >> and celebrating a decade of singing in new orleans. >> and ukraine a country out of control. the military launched a new offensive against pro-russian forces in the east. between those that support the ukraine governments and those who want to join russia. we go to the port city of odessa. homa hamid reports. >> the trade union building was set on fire after a day of violent flashes between pro-russian and prounity fighters, the intensity of their smoke sent some jumping for their lives out their windows. dozens of others died suffocating. ukrainian police had been deployed earlier in the day but were unable orestrain either side. the clashes in o odessa underlie the problems that face the interim government. ukrainian forces launched a new offensive in the so-
spoken out forcefully and against russia's illegal actions in ukraine and you have been a leader in the european union as well as an indispensable partner in the g7. your presence here today is a reminder that our nations stand united. we are united in our determination on coordinated sanctions. we are united on our unwavering article five commitment to the security of our nato allies including german aircraft joining nato patrols over the baltics. we are united in our support for ukraine including the very important imf program approved this week to help them stabilize and reform its economy. as ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian groups are not peaceful protesters. they are heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from russia. the ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory and russia needs to use its influence over these paramilitary groups of they disarm and stop. evoking provoking violence. let me say that we are also united in our
a continual slide in the value of the ruble, which means imports into russia which are important to people's standard of living will start going up. people will start feeling an impact in their pockets. at the moment, the sanctions that have targeted president putin's inner circle are not at this stage affecting ordinary people very much. only one of the banks was targeted by the sections. that affected the payment system a bit, and there was a bit of a readjustment. i think the key thing would be if further sectoral sanctions were brought in. in that case, the russian economy will suffer very badly. it's already in recession. i think it could start to spiral badly if further sanctions were imposed. it issident obama says obvious to the world these protesters are heavily backed by russia. what is the reaction to that in moscow? maintains the people in eastern ukraine are very much bying on their own, backed people who feel strongly they don't want an anti-russian government ruling over them in and that they need more control over their destiny. the moscow narrative is they don't have any i
to come down harder on russia if moscow does not quit meddling in ukraine. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead. as pro russia protesters shoot helicopters out of the sky, germany's chancellor angela merkel talks about squeezing more sanctions on russia. >> jeb, if you need some advice, give me a call. >> increasingly it seems that republican donors may be inclined to and the pop culture lead, do you think this gives you a respectability that you didn't have before? >> absolutely not. >> joel mchale has something to make fun of, us, the host of "the soup" and the star of "the community" drops by "the lead" ahead of the white house correspondents' dinner. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. we'll begin with the world lead. death in ukraine. 31 people died at a trade union building while the cause is not perfectly clear, odessa is currently being torn apart by rioting and clashes between ukrainian royalists and pro-russia activists with thousands positioned near the eastern border. but right here in the u.s., president obama and german chancellor angela merkel meeting
. he answered questions on eu sanctions against russia and responded to controversial payments made by alex salmond on russian president vladimir putin. this is about 40 minutes. >> order. questions for the prime minister. mr. thomas.r one, >> number one mr. speaker. >> the prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm sure the whole house will wish to join me ine paying tribute to captain thomas clarke of the army air corps, flight lieutenant rakesh chauhan of joint helicopter command, raf odiham, acting warrant officer class two spencer faulkner of the army air corps, corporal james walters of the army airlko corps, and lance corporal oliver thomas of the intelligenceoms corps, a reservist who also worked as a research assistant to the honorable member.. these tragic deaths remind us o the continued commitment andnd sacrifice of our armed forces and i kn and i'm no that our deepest ourd sympathies are with their families at this very, very t time.l time. i'm sure the whole house will also want to join me in paying tribute to and mcgwire who was stabbed to death in h
by the u.s.? washington may times attempted to tell russia where and how military troops should write. the white house was insulted by our appeal to the government to withdraw from eastern ukraine. washington has always requested elected in ainely coverage. logic is very strange used against civilians. and by a government that has no legitimacy. the representative of that you did not go much further than the american colleagues. talking about the state's monopoly over the use of force. this statement can only be called provocation. it seems that the high representative not only did not was supportingt those that perpetrated the coup d'État. the u.s. and the eu, their great responsibility is strong in the past. the categorical refusal of washington is totally non-fortuitous. running counter to the geneva declaration of 17 april. dialogueontinuation of . what could be a more striking force? of the use of and the signers of the geneva declaration, to not commit a look atror and take a possible consequences of their actions. and stop the district of policy with respect to the ukraine. an
obama and angela merkel project unity on ukraine and threaten russia with sanctions. >>> mother nature strikes again, this time a massive mudslide in afghanistan - the death toll in the thousands. >>> the u.s. economy is gaping momentum, >>> this has been a day of violent conflict in ukraine. fighting broke out in the eastern part of the country as the ukranian army launched a heavy attack on pro-russian forces. they shot two ukranian helicopters. ukranians say the military access was a pre-emptive strike. in washington president obama, german chancellor angela merkel held talks on the crisis and in front of reporters the two leaders threatened sanctions against russia. we have reporters in ukraine and capitals around the world tracking the military and diplomatic developments. we start with al jazeera's jonah hall in donetsk. >> reporter: video posted on the internet purports to show what the residents of slovyansk and the pro-russian separatists that made the city their base woke to at dawn. the ukrainian army launched what it described as a large-scale anti-terror organization. the
is that this meeting was called by the russians, and it's pretty clear to me that now with russia being attacked by many countries around the world, russia seems to have a pretty consistent diplomatic strategy and that is attack is the best form of defense. hence they called this meeting, pa the russian ambassador who said it was ukraine that was violating the agreement reached in geneva in april. >> the white house is now insulted by our appeal to the kiev government to withdraw forces. before washington had requested elected president victor jankovic to not use force against its people. it's very strange logic that now force can be used against civilians. >> reporter: and he went on to say that he wanted his western colleagues to think twice about their policies. >>> president barack obama has met his german counterpart in washington, d.c. today. >> if we see the destabilization continuing so severely that impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional, more severe sanctions, and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last
point for the next round of sanctions against russia for this crisis ongoing in ukraine. until now, president obama has set the bar at a russian invasion for ukraine here. but after meeting today with german chancellor angela merkel, he moved it up a tad because the president here is hanging on to a possibility of a diplomatic resolution. and angela merkel agreed with that. although he punctuated that with a very big "but" today. president obama speaking at a news conference with the german chancellor a little more than an hour ago. >> but as angela merkel said, if, in fact, we see the disruptions and destabilization continuing so severely that it impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional more severe sanctions. and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last several weeks about what exactly those would look like and would apply to a range of sectors. the goal is not to punish russia, the goal is to give them an incentive to choose the better course, and that is to resolve these issues diplomatically. and i
significant support from russia. >> we'll discuss whether the two leaders with forge a united front in the face of russian aggression and auto renewed violence in ukraine. later, we'll dive into today's headline grabbing jobs report and why good news sounds so much like bad news for the gop. and melissa harris perry, msnbc's own, will be right here with us to discuss the plight of some 200 kidnapped school girls in nigeria. there were protests in new york today near the u.n., and we'll have more on that and what, if anything, the u.s. is doing to help. but we start with that joint news conference in front of the white house rose garden where president obama began with the jobs numbers and a few words on a devastating landslide and in afghanistan. both he and german chancellor angela merkel have tough questions on whether they can reach an agreement on stronger sakes against russia and whether they can bridge the divide between the u.s. and germany on nsa surveillance. president obama also faced a question from the international press about tuesday's botched oklahoma execution. on uk
are following for you. a meeting of the minds with german and the white house. and russia calling for an emergency meeting of the un security council. and a massive mud slide in afghanistan, the death toll could be in the thousands. ♪ >>> they stand united. that was the word from washington today as the president and germany's chancellor briefed reporters on the white house lawn. it was the first visit by angela merkel to the white house in three years, the two leaders discussing a wide range of issues talking about the crisis in ukraine and the nsa spy scandal that reported that perhaps her phone might have been tapped by the nsa. libby casey joins us by phone. and they seemed to be speaking from the same script. >> that's right, del. and one of the goals of this would be to portray a united front. the question is where do these countries go from here in terms of sanctions. even the new round of sanctions took a while to hammer out. and you could tell there are some differences when it comes to germany's goals and the u.s. goals in terms of how deep sanctions could or should go
with the german chancellor angela merkel. the u.s. is warning of tougher sanctions against russia over ukraine. the president saying the preference is a diplomatic solution but if that doesn't happen the next step is more sanctions. he says he understands the concerns of some european countries but he's confident the u.s. and the european union will stand together. >> the goal is not to punish russia. the goal is to give them an incentive to choose the better course. and that is to resolve these issues diplomatically. and i think we are united on that front. within europe, within the eu, i'm sure there has to be extensive consultations. you've got 28 countries and some are more vulnerable than others to potential russian retaliation. we have to take those into account. not every country is going to be in exactly the same place. what has been remarkable is the degree to which all countries agreed that russia's violated international law, violate ed territorial sovereignty of a country in europe and there has to be consequences for that. >> reports of helicopters being shut down and heavy gunfir
with president obama. one focus russia's tightening grip against ukraine. in the last hour the president declared the u.s. and germany united and sent another stern warning to moscow. >> we are united in our determination to impose costs on russia for its actions as ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian-backed groups are not peaceful protesters but heavily armed militants receiving significant support from russia. >> times are also tense with ukrainian army launching the first major assault on separatist strong holds in the east of that country. a spokesman for putin called the move a criminal act. nbc news chief white house correspondent chuck todd, also host of "the daily rundown" joins us. how critical was it for the president to get merkel on board with sanctions? >> reporter: it's interesting, that is a glass is half full way of looking at it. here's what clearly they agree to. they have the next deadline that they've set to decide whether to do another round of sanctions and that is the may 25th election. you heard the presi
and then the lady behind him. >> hi, i'm ira >> gorbachev did raise the question shouldn't russia join nato also, and james baker pooh-poohed him, and anytiming having made a mistake, james baker later regreated that and -- regretted that and said he should have engaged gorbachev on that question. one of the first acts of the yeltsin government in december 1991 was to raise the question of nato membership, the foreign ministry later said it was a mistranslation, but officials assured me that, in fact, it was a true translation, they just had to withdraw it because it became such a political embarrassment for yeltsin and if or you personally -- and for you personally. i am wondering how much damage has been done by our lack of engagement with russia on the question of a serious integration with russia and its interests with nato. >> first of all, i cannot agree more on your statement, thank you so much. [laughter] and secondly, i agree with the assumption of your question, yes. that's the point, and that's where i technically agree, and i see the point of putin when he says that we had kind of, w
in the next few minutes. one being the crisis in ukraine. much of it's a exports come from russia. and the eavesdropping on angela merkel's phone. libby casey joins us by phone right now. and libby, you have been tracking the developments that have been taking place. this is not going to be as smooth sailing as many hoped. >> reporter: good morning, del, as i talked to the german reporters, and we're talking about political scientists and scroll lars as well. they say that angela merkel is a very polite leader. don't expect her to throw our fireworks live. but they said she will be speaking intense words behind closed doors to president obama over concerns not just about what happened prior, but also the obama administration's reluctance, unwillingness to turn over her nsa files to the german government. it does not look like we'll be seeing any development in an intelligence sharing or no spy arrangement that is something some hoped could happen but it does not look possible. the u.s. does not see a lot of value in the intelligence that germany could offer. so we may see some war
of the city is, and unclear also what it plans to do next. >>> meanwhile russia has called for an emergency meeting at the un security council. the best hope for ukraine could come from meeting taking place in washington. today angela merkel is making her first visit to the white house since the nsa scandal broke. libby casey has more. ♪ >> reporter: president obama and chancell chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the white house. >> they will say publicly we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> reporter: the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stopped short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry. trade between the two countries amounted to $100 billion last year. >> we work very closely with russia, we are to some extent even dependant on russian gas, so we're hesitant to put more pressure on russia. >> reporter: since the start of the ukraine crisis, chancellor merkel has spoken more than any other word leader with president putin. >> she right now is
, and we will have that for you life and the topic should be the tougher sanctions of russia and the eu role there. >>> and meanwhile, there was a major offensive launched today to take back one of ten cities in eastern ukraine that had been seized by russian militants. and gun fire and explosions could be heard. you are seeing that now. and the government said that the militants shot down two of the helicopters killing two of the crew. the militants say that one of the men was killed. and in a response, spokesman for vladimir putin said that all hopes of a government settlement had been destroyed because of this. and this is all unfolding. we are joined by white house correspondent pete alexander, and also the correspondent to the white house for special affairs peter hollis. and peter, let me start with you, in getting the european i union to agree to stronger sanctions in rush sharks and is that what president obama is going to be pushing for the meetings with angela merkel today? >> well, she got here a while ago and i saw the motorcade arriving here, and they will have a private
agreements signed by ukraine and russia last month. they included stepping which both sides would take to diffuse tensions in southeastern ukraine. at the same time, the foreign ministry has been saying in the last 24 hours, warning that the kiev government was going to take military strikes against, quote, its own people. the upper house of parliament here in moscow, senior members there, have been saying on friday that this proves that the international community has been naive about the kiev government when they believe that they are a democratic bunch of people. they, painting the events in slaviansk and other places as an attempt by the ukrainian military to attack civilians. we know that vladimir putin has sent a spokesman to the southeast of ukraine to try to help with negotiations to get the release of observers from the organization for security and cooperation in europe. we haven't heard about exactly where they are being held or how they are in the last few days. they were seized last week. but it's not clear whether the military operations on friday are going to help or hin
of the observers held in slaviansk. russia spent the special envoy to the area. he is in the region right now. contact with him has been real established. >> vladimir putin warned of consequences against ukraine for acting against its own citizens. what consequences could flow from today's events? >> that is right. vladimir putin has one of consequences in ukraine. he did not give exact details of what the consequences might entail. the russian foreign ministry said the assault in the region would have catastrophic consequences. all of this talk has made it clear russia may be taking military action in the area. they have 45,000 troops stationed near the border. they have appealed to the separatists for help from russia. so far no military action has been taken yet. >> thank you for updating us from moscow. the u.s. president hosts the german chancellor later for talks on the escalating crisis in ukraine. it is angela merkel's first visit to washington since the revelation american spies tapped her mobile phone. advancing a trade deal is on the agenda. the pair will hold a joint press confere
of the insurgency. the defense secretary hagel will deliver a speech on the ukraine and russia's situation today at a washington, dc, think tank. >> president obama will meet with the president of germany and they are expected to discuss a dispute over united states intelligence-gearing, this is her first visit to the white house since reports revealed that the n.s.a. had intercepted phone calls involving her and other german officials. >>> prince william and prince harry are in the united states. >> harry! harry! >> yikes. node to warn people to cover their ears. screaming fans waited after they join friends for a barbecue in downtown memphis in town for a wedding. prince william took his wife as his date and prince harry is expected to attend girlfriend, -- attend without the girlfriend. they recently broke up. >> here is mike and the forecast. >> you were screaming, too, truth be told. >> every time when you walk in the building, mike. >> screaming hike "get away, get away." it is hot. but it will be cooler. we are 85 today but back near the 73 average tomorrow and also on sunday. cooler on m
. reports from inside suggest that it is tension but calm. >> okay, johnna hull -- engineers. >> russia and ukraine had both promised to deescalate tensions in ukraine as part of a deal. >> angela merkel set to meet with president obama. the crisis in ukraine and the stepped up sanctions against russia expected to top the agenda as libby casey reports, this is her first visit to washington since it was revealed that the inform sa was listening in on her conversations >> reporter: president obama and chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the whitehouse as both leaders wrestle with how far to push russia. >> they will say we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stop short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry, an industry german is tied to. trade between the two countries amounted to $100,000,000,000 last year. >> we work closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependent on russian gas. for that reason, we
in the case against the leader jerry adams. ♪ but first russia's president putin criticized ukraine for launching what we calls a punitive operation in the east of the country. kiev says it's blockading the town as part of an antiterrorist operation and ukraine defense ministry say pro-russian separatist shot down two of its helicopters in the region and pro-russia groups are now occupying government offices in several other towns and on wednesday they seized government offices and pro-russia separatists taken over government buildings and captured cancelled buildings and on thursday they took over the prosecutor's office in donsq. we have two correspondents covering the story and we will bet the russia reaction and we will go to eastern ukraine, this is a moving story, jona and bring us up to date with the latest situation report. >> reporter: it is indeed a moving story steve and it began about 4:30 a.m. outside when units of the ukrainian army appeared to launch the next phase in what kiev said was and antiterrorist operation and has been going on for weeks now with the army and
the time troops are already there. what's happening around sloviansk is hugely important. russia would rather use it if they want to launch military operation there. >> there's also the possibility, dare i say, if pro russian separatists have seized railways, that could make it easier for russian forces to move to eastern ukraine quicker? >> definitely. we see the statements from moscow indicating russia is ready to use this. i've seen change of language where the word punitive operation which is russian, the second world war language used against germany forces. the same language is used now. that was somewhat forgotten in recent weeks and months, again up on the table. >> finally, what moscow is saying in public, language used. we've heard from the spokesman. >> the language used by the factions in the russian parliament is very tough. they're talking about a use of as much as possible pressure on ukrainian government. at the end of the day, the main thing is russian propaganda, the army moving into the peaceful town against peaceful people shooting civilians, creating hxgkçma >> a
understand that. finally in response to russia's continued threats against ukraine, we want to hear about the administration's efforts to support our friends. and allies, particularly yesterday's announcement of additional sanctions. unquestionably the u.s. mist send a strong signal, and demonstrate leadership in the international community that such acts of aggression in violation of ukraine's territorial sovereignty are unacceptable and should not be allowed to continue with impunity. mr. secretary we look forward to hearing your testimony. welcome to the committee. >> thank you. i'd like now to recognize miss lowey who is the ranking member of the full committee for any opening statement she might have. >> thank you, mr. chairman. and i'd like to thank you, and ranking member serrano, for holding this hearing, and to my friend, secretary lew, thank you for joining us today. we are, indeed, fortunate to have a person of wisdom and talent in your position today. mr. secretary your fiscal 2015 budget requests $13.8 billion to support the department of treasury. as you note in your testimo
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russia separatists. we have nick payton walsh on the line now. he's north of slovavyansk. if you can give us what information you have, especially the death that's been confirmed. >> reporter: let me tell you what we've seen. to the north of slavyansk, it's a pro russian checkpoint. now in quite reasonable number though not particularly effectively, ukraine iian troop seem pretty well organized some of them and others say they're from the national guard who are traveling around. a military helicopter flying along that highway. we can hear in the distance what may have been two rocket propelled explosions. the interior minister of the ukraine says that nine check points around slavyansk have been taken. they have made statements in the past in and around slavyansk to be slightly exaggerated or inaccurate. we've seen a new phase around slavyansk. those on the ground say things have been come parativelily quiet this morning. in town they have heard some shooting. things were apparently quiet. there were also reports confirmed from the interior minister that a helicopter was being shot down a
news america." ruslanawn with popstar to hear why it is not russia that she opposes but vladimir putin. two religious extremist carried out an attack in china. it killed them and one other person while injuring 79 others. >> rushing to the scene was this latest terrorist attack. authorities say knife wielding attackers slashed passengers. headingthe victims were home ahead of national all the days. this took place as the leaders his firsthe region, as president. he is lying to get tough. this latest attack appears timed to send a defiant message to the country's leader. blast, thehe president says the battle to will not allowm a moment of slight miss. we must take decisive action, he says. second railway station targeted in two months. aina blames separatists for murderous rampage. this lies in the far west. this is the chewing pakistan and afghanistan. many muslims resent what they say is beijing's repression of their religion and culture. dozens died last year in violent attacks. this might be 2000 kilometers away from the capital but it is becoming a major concern for the authoritie
weather. in ukraine, the fears are growing from russian invasion. as the threatens rhetoric from russia's president gets louder. in seattle, the mayor announce as plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, the high nest the united states. and there are new images of toronto mayor rob ford, allegedly doing drugs yet again, ford says he is headed to rehab, won't talk to the leading challenger running against him, for mayor. >> for the first time in a few days the sun is shining here in the east coast, and communities in a dozen states are finally drying out and cleaning up. the stomps along the eastern seaboard were brutal. and philadelphia several inches of rain said rivers and streams over their banks, crews had to make their way through flooding streets. in maryland half way through baltimore, hundreds of people were told to evacuate after heavy rain flooded streets. authorities opened up nearby dams to prevent more flooding. and in florida a bay bay is one of hundreds of people rescued in pensacola. meanwhile, florida investigators are trying to determine if the heavy rains
with the international monetary fund's christine lagarde. and $17 billion loan package. can will powers loosen russia's type grip around ukraine. >> hopefully other countries as well that will rally to help and support the ukrainian authorities restore the economic situation. >>> retrial, republican lawmakers reopen the benghazi files after a conservative watch dog group obtains a memo. why wasn't that memo included in the previous white house document dump? >> the military, the cia, the cia station chief, the state department, all of them, the facts, mr. chairman, the facts do not point to a video. that only comes from the white house. what was going on in the room, general? our people are under attack. there are people dying. what is the military doing? >> last words. 55 days after malaysia airlines flight 370 disappeared families are hearing for first time what could be the final transmissions from the
. >> still ahead, russia says the ukrainian army must leave the southeastern cities. we'll be live in moscow. >> venezuela announced a 30% pay hike on may day. we'll tell you why not everyone's happy about it. >> in brazil, despite recent criticism from a top olympic committee official, brass still says it will be ready for the olympics. >> russian penalty vladimir putin has tolding a america that the ukrainian army must quit the southeast of the country, the kremlin said that putin made the comment in a phone call at the german chancellor thursday. we are joined live from moscow. tough talk from putin there, even as ukraine detains the russian defense attache in key every, likely to exacerbate the situation even further. >> that's right. that detention comes, of course amid a war of words, but not only that, between ukraine and russia, but it wasn't only vladimir putin making demands in that phone call, chancellor merkel would like to see vladimir putin help to obtain the release of foreign monitors held by separatist forces in the east of ukraine. at the same time, russia's foreign ministe
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